Outdoor Doormats: Substance or Style? Enjoy Both!

Posted by Karen Mayo Marsh on 22nd Jan 2016

Outdoor Doormats: Substance or Style? Enjoy Both!

Soon mud season will be upon again. This year, fight it head on with a durable and tough outdoor doormat designed to trap all the dirt and snow you want to keep out of your home. Fortunately "rugged" and "long-lasting" no longer mean boring black rubber or bristly brown! Now you can display a pop of color on your step and still enjoy all the must-have features of a hard-working mat.

Lobster Rope Doormats (also known as Nautical Rope Doormats) are handwoven from tough polypropylene rope used by fishermen to tether their lobster traps together in the ocean. The ropes come in a variety of shades from ocean blues to deep green, bright yellows and oranges, deep reds and even pink. You can also find lobster rope in interesting earthy tones like bronze, champagne, evergreen, and chocolate.

The Only Rope Trusted by Maine Fishermen

No fishermen wants to risk losing his catch of the day. The only rope they'll trust has to be completely weatherproof, water-resistant, mildew-resistant, odor-resistant, and has to be super durable and long-lasting. It must stand up to the harsh ocean elements. 

When you buy a lobster rope doormat you get the benefits of polypropylene: your doormat will last for years, will hold up under rough weather, will not take on an odor or dampness, and will be easy to clean and fast-drying. Even better, all of our Lobster Rope Doormats are handwoven and individually inspected for quality. It can take up to an hour to weave just one. The weavers take special pride in producing some of the highest quality woven rope mats you can find. And, each one is Made in the USA with rope made in Maine.

Forget What You Know About Outdoor Rope Doormats

If you've purchased a rope doormat before you may have the impression that they are floppy, or lightweight. Most of the ones we've found on the market actually are a bit too flexible and soft to stand up to real traffic. Lobster Rope Doormats are the exception. They are actually quite heavy - weighing up to 12 lbs each. They can bend but they are much stiffer than most rope mats, lending their durability and ability to stand up to heavy use. They are firm to the touch and you can easily see the rope is of a thicker gauge than many other mats. 

All of these great benefits AND you get to have a colorful, warm welcome on your doorstep (not to mention people love to comment on them - they're a stand out). Here's a quick guide to selecting the best doormat for you.

Three Style Choices

New, Striped Lobster Rope Doormats: If you love the ocean, beach, or anything coastal you'll love these mats woven in nautical colors. Each features 2-3 bold stripes. They work great year-round; feeling beachy in the summer and popping out in bright color against the whites and grays of winter. Available in 3 sizes: 18 x 30, 21 x 33, and 24 x 36. Each is approximately 1" thick. Also check out the coordinating Lobster Rope Baskets, which are great planters, garden caddies, decorative baskets, and overall catch-alls.

ColorWave Nautical Rope Doormats: Two contrasting rope colors are woven together to create a wave pattern. You can find these in nautical colors, but they are also available in earthy tones. Available in 18 x 30, 21 x 34, and 24 x 38 and each is approximately 1" thick.

Recycled Lobster Rope Doormats: Rich in history, our Colors of Maine doormats are woven from used lobster rope that would otherwise be in landfills. They feature multiple colors woven together and no two are ever the same. So unique, this is the most talked about Lobster Rope Doormat we carry and is always a #1 best selling gift. We currently carry 18" x 30" and 24" x 36". They are approximately 1.25" thick. 

All of our mats arrive with a card describing the mat and its rope, and all of the great benefits of using a Lobster Rope Doormat. 

We recommend using all rope doormats on non-skid surfaces only (or you can get a rug mat to hold them in place).

Happy Shopping!